One of the greatest minds and writers of our time finally sits down with the Breakfast Club crew. I have a lot of his books in my collection. Once I finish up with The Four Agreements, I’m going to read David And Goliath.
“Sacrifice, young blood. In whatever ur passion is. i wore the same outfit 2 years straight cuz all my money was embedded into this rap shit in making pretty flacko pop. even now my social life weak cuz ppl be infuriated that i dont hang out wit dem idgaf i need all this money not when diddy out here pouring ace of spades all over his designer shoes at after parties n still up by 8am the next business day.” – A$AP Yams
I don’t hang out like I used to do. In fact, I’d rather be home writing and working on a project of some sort instead of running the streets, especially in the winter season. I ordered a shitload of books of the inspirational and business nature to build on my foundation while the cold air declares sovereignty over the East Coast. Being seen on the scene for the sake of being seen does nothing for me. If I’m out and about it usually has a purpose. Personal enjoyment and/networking will be the only causes of an appearance from me. Time is money and as overused of a phrase as that it is, it’s a belief that I hold as sacred as the Holy Grail. Continue reading
In order to be the best, you have to learn from those that currently at the top of their game. I’ve followed Virgil and Heron for years via magazines, tumblr, and any other source of media. When I used to hang with Asaad, a Philly based rapper, I was exposed to another side of the culture. Love them or hate them, you can’t hate on their hustle. Young brothers on the move taking the culture by storm… you gotta love it.
Growing up in the early 90s had amazing visual benefits. The fashion that Hip-Hop created during that era was thee coolest. Fly clothes, loud ass colors, and ill basketball sneakers made the cipher complete. The best dressed artists in that time, at least for me, were Bell Biv Devoe. When the Poison album came out, I couldn’t stop staring at the cover. I never saw ANYONE dressed like them. My parents were young so they were up on fashion and they kept my appearance superior even if I only cared about Nintendo at the time but I never saw anything like BBD. Ricky Bell, Ronnie Devoe and Mike Bivins earned their place in the 90s fashion Hall of Fame with this photo alone. Also, Mike Bivins said that he was still “clockin’ the hoes” on “Poison”. Give him a trophy or certificate for being the Greatest of all time.
All Hail New Jack Swing!!
“Black Jack Johnson N.Y.C., R-O-C-K-I-N-G” – Mos Def “Ghetto Rock”
Just when you thought that you knew a thing or two about a thing or two, information has a way of reminding you that you are merely a young padawan but the force is still with you. Okay, blame that Star Wars reference on how much I loved watching Rogue One. I assumed that I knew Jack Johnson’s story. Black boxer in the early 20th Century becomes champion in a time where people of color had little to no rights. Slavery was barely over for four decades during the reign of Jack Johnson, so one could imagine how immensely difficult it was for America to take a black champion seriously. Continue reading
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Malcolm’s Assassination. I, like many of those in my generation were made aware of his life and philosophies via Civil Rights documentaries like Eyes on the Prize, his autobiography co-written by Alex Haley, and/or the Spike Lee directed biopic that starred Denzel Washington. There was a point where I’d see everyone with a X t-shirt or X hat while his phrase “By Any Means Necessary” became our tagline. I always found his transformation from Detroit Red to the Malik Shabazz that we all revered to be fascinating… Being a young fiery minister with the Nation of Islam that believed in fighting back at all costs to being changed in spirit after a pilgrimage to Mecca added to his social awareness and made his message much more potent. “The Ballot or The Bullet” is one of my FAVORITE speeches and if you listen closely to what’s been spoken about here, you’ll notice that A LOT still applies greatly in 2015. Understanding the power of the black dollar, empowering our communities, as well as discrepancies that we face in the political arena. This is seriously worth the listen.
P.S. After listening, it appears that Malcolm was not fond of “We Shall Overcome” HA!
I’ve known Tony for years via the Internets and I’ve always thought that he was on point style wise and I’ve tried to pick up a few pointers and gems from this brother whenever I had the opportunity. I’m down with the “Each one Teach one” state of thinking and I felt like Tony’s experiences and keen eye for style in the world of thrifting should be shared with the world so without further ado…. Continue reading
For a guy that didn’t watch the Grammys last night, I found myself pleased with majority of last night’s winners. Jazz legend Wayne Shorter won a Lifetime achievement award, Kendrick Lamar won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, Eminem won Best Rap Album, and Beck won Album of the Year for Morning Phase. But of course, at the Grammy Awards, there was a bit of commotion once Kanye ran up on stage while Beck accepted the award but luckily his judgment got the better of him and he came to his senses. The funniest part about it all was the look of despair of Jay-Z’s face as Kanye took the stage. We didn’t need another Taylor Swift moment to unravel before our eyes in 2015. Continue reading